Maybe it's been a while since you've broken out your women's weekender bag and taken some time away for a few days. But every once and a while you need a break—from work, responsibilities, and the daily routine. While we love a good vacation, they’re rare, and frequent travel can be costly. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your current surroundings, and maybe even seeing them in a new light via a staycation. There are so many ways to reinvent your everyday life, especially in the spring, from unplugging to venturing to a new part of the neighborhood (or even a new part of the apartment). These staycation ideas will teach you that vacation is just a state of mind.
If you want to get out of your house but traveling isn’t an option, pitch a tent on your lawn! If you’re fortunate enough to have a little outdoor space to yourself, camping in your backyard is a great way to feel like you’re in a new place. Everything about the experience is different from the norm: food and games outdoors, not using electronics, falling asleep under the stars. And on the bright side, when you need it, the bathroom is right there.
Backyard camping is fun, easy, and free if you have all the outdoor gear and accessories you need. Bring the kids and their personalized sleeping bags along with a few extra cozy throw blankets, too, and teach them about the beauty of the great outdoors, or at least the little patch of green behind your house.
For the luxury of a fancy hotel without having to spend an arm and a leg, book yourself a special spa day at a spot you’ve always wanted to try. You’d be amazed at how transformative a really good massage can be. Stepping inside a spa takes you out of your element. The minute you don a bathrobe and the soft music begins to play, you can feel like you’re on another planet, let alone another country. Enjoy the post-spa glow as you hop in the car or on the train home, blocking out everyone around you and keeping your good vibes.
Everyone has a bucket list of nearby neighborhoods they’ve been wanting to check out, but never have. Maybe there’s a restaurant on your list that brings you there, and you plan a whole day around exploring a new part of town. Research local attractions, from parks to cafes, and see what the world outside your block has to offer. There’s also a chance that you haven’t fully explored your neighborhood—take a walk around and check out those spots you’ve been passing by and meaning to try. We promise you won’t regret it.
This one proves the saying that vacation is just a state of mind. Most people’s routines and daily lives are connected to their smartphones, laptops, and tablets, so taking a break from our devices can have a powerful effect. Tell anyone who needs to know that you’ll be off your phone for the day, and put your devices away. That’s all it takes. Maybe you’ll opt to read a book, play a board game, or talk with your family or housemate. You could cook a meal using a cookbook, start an art project, or simply arrange throw pillows to improve your home’s feng shui. The options are endless when a phone isn’t distracting you every few minutes!
It’s amazing what a dark room and the smell of popcorn can do. All you need to transform your living room into a movie theater is to block out as much light as you can, fire up the sound system (or that one speaker you have), and get the popcorn popping. Make sure whoever’s attending arrives on time, and start the film promptly. Maybe you can even queue up a few trailers for any coming attractions, either new films you’re excited about or some old favorites you intend to screen next time around. Do this for a movie you’d normally see in a movie theater, and try not to pause it or take a break—just like at the multiplex!